Gary Beagley: Send Email
Gary co founded the business back in 2005 and along with his wife Caroline are now the sole owners of the business. Starting his career in the Industry back in 1997, spending 8 years for Bass Brewers (now Molson Coors) in sales before setting up Libra. Proud husband to Caroline and our children Oli, Ryan, Harry, Adam & Georgia – all now young adults ! Outside of work Gary enjoys going to Old Trafford, has been going to the Cheltenham Festival since he was 18 and never missed a year that it has gone ahead. A keen traveller and sun worshiper ! Loves a drink or two and current favourites include a pint of our very own Navigation New Dawn Pale, cold bottle of Corona or Mojito on the beach, preferably in Barbados !
Gina Woolley-Smith(Nottingham/Derby) - 07557 520065 > Send Email
A highly motivated individual that has years of experience firstly owning her own free house for 14 years, before working at Classic Drinks, InBev, Greene King and has now recently jonied the Libra team.
On a personal level she loves to socialise, go on holidays and ride her horse, but like most women her favourite hobby is to shop.
Oliver Finn - (Leicestershire) 07515 938665 > Send Email
Joining the team from a hospitality and operations background, Oliver is well acquainted to the world of alcohol sales and drink wholesalers without having working for them. Until now. With a big change in career, and a leap into the unknown, Oliver joined the sales team at Libra Drinks to cover the Leicestershire area where he grew up, and where his family and friends are still based.
Loves keeping fit with regular sessions of squash, CrossFit, boxing and mountain biking. And during the winter it’s all about snowboarding!
Paul Askew (North Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire) – 07912 106679 Send Email
Libra Drinks brought Paul into the fold in January 2013 with specific instructions to ‘convert the Northern reaches of Libra’s sales geography from mass produced, chemical, tasteless, fizzy and insipid beers and lagers to some of the finest traditional beers that are this great countries heritage, along with the new wave of lovingly produced hand-crafted beers. Paul is lucky in his task that beer is not only his job but his passion – as portrayed in his ever increasing waistline, but it is a sacrifice he is willing to make in order to bring an educated quality drinking experience to the masses.
Paul has been in the trade for well over 20 years, picking up Cask Marque and W.S.E.T. qualifications along the way at other less ‘enlightened’ wholesalers before finding his spiritual home here with the like-minded Libra team.
When Paul isn’t developing the taste-buds of the unfortunate he can still be found on the playing fields of England kicking lumps out of the opposition at both football and rugby, this despite his tender years and aforementioned girth. And if Saturday comes and there is no game to be had you will find him at beautiful downtown Bramall Lane watching the red & white wizards – Sheffield United – just like his beer, no mass produced chemical football team for this lad!
Keeping Paul grounded and from getting too carried away with his job are his partner Debbie and their children Milly, Evie, Lewis & Harry. Thankfully though, Debbie is only too happy to assist in any wine tasting event which allows Paul the opportunity to indulge in his favourite pastime!
Edd Whaite - Craft, Cider & Ales Send Email
Edd is the Purchasing and Stock Manager at Libra. Edd used to be the Field Sales Rep for the Nottinghamshire area and, after a year away working for a Regional Brewer he re-joined the team. His great product knowledge and attention to service help make sure we have all the right products for our customers. Husband to Ali and Dad to Joshua and Eva, means he doesn’t get out as much as he used to but enjoys the occasional trip to some of Nottingham’s craft beer and ale bars, with Sierra Nevada and Lagunitas being his current favourites from the American craft beer scene. Manchester United fan and aspiring DIYer…
Tristan Duff - (Spirits & Soft Drinks) Send Email
Tristan has been working in the drinks industry for over 25 years in various roles. He has managed and owned venues, been a training manager for a large group of bars and also managed Spirits and Soft drinks for Libra Drinks for over 4 years. This gives him a vast wealth of knowledge to understand, help and support your venues.
In his spare time he loves a bit of adventure and takes part in activities such as Mountain Biking, Snowboarding and Sky Diving.
Raj Solanki - DIPWSET (Wine) – Send Email
Raj has been in the drinks industry for 25years, has a diploma in wines and spirits, is a qualified wine educator and has done more tastings, he says, than is probably entirely necessarily…
“There can be a lot of smoke and mirrors around the subject of wine. I can get super geeky when it comes to building a wine list, but for me the starting place is always to understand the customer and venue. If you build a list with the end consumer in the foreground and manage their risk, you can sit a little easier knowing that they have every chance in choosing a wine that fits their taste palate. It’s a win-win from a commercial and customer enjoyment standpoint - and for me that’s how you enjoy the world of wine!”
Sara Mietlinksi -Telesales Executive > Send Email
Sara came to us from Navigation Brewery in Nottingham where she spent nearly four years. Most of her spare time is taken up running around after her 3 grown up children (taxi). She enjoys her holidays and going out with friends. Her favourite tipple is English Rebel and she is quite partial to a Prosecco!
Kirsty Bremner - Telesales Executive > Send Email
Kirsty is a relative newcomer to the Drinks trade, she is committed to providing excellent customer, coming from a Customer service/Marketing background. Married to Jim, Mum to two teenage daughters and dog Kauto Star. Enjoys a drop of red wine in the Winter months, and a glass or two of suitably chilled Macon Villages in Summer.
Jo Groves – Purchase and Sales Support Manager > Send Email
Jo has been with the company for over 8 years now, working in Sales and Purchasing Support. It involves a wide range of key responsibilities including - Customer sales reports, Wine Menus, Purchase Ledger, Bi-Monthly Brochure, Cask Ale and maintaining the website.
Improving fitness is a key objective for Jo. Enjoys a good walk exploring the amazing countryside we have, with friends, both locally and during short breaks away. Having a pub on route is always an added bonus. She loves to travel, exploring different places – her aim is to visit as many places as she can before becoming too decrepit to fully appreciate it !! To unwind she enjoys a nice glass or 2 of wine, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc being one of her favourites, or a pint of Timothy Taylor's Landlord.
Scott Carnelley – Operations Manager
Originally employed as a drivers mate over 5 years ago, Scott spent two years on the road as part of the famous dream team with Ray, before progressing to front of house in the warehouse where Scott spent two further years receiving deliveries in and overseeing the loading of our vehicles.
In October 2013 Scott was promoted to Goods In Manager - it is now Scott’s main role in the business to ensure all the goods you require, whether it be a 9g harvest pale or a 1kg of Stewarts coffee are in stock/readily available for delivery.
Out of work Scott spends most of my time trawling up and down the country with his son, as he not only plays football every Monday, Wednesday and Sunday he also likes to go and watch as many games as he possibly can – especially Nottingham Forest.
When he does get a little time to himself Scott does like a nice crisp pint of Peroni.
Paul Brooks – Deputy Operations Manager
As one of the longest serving drivers, Paul has now moved over to the warehouse, he is responsible for overseeing a wide variety of activities, including, planning, coordinating and monitoring the receipt, order assembly and dispatch goods.
With two young children, Paul is kept busy outside of work coaching his son’s football team, enjoying family time and keeping up with his daughter’s hectic social life (usually as taxi driver).
Paul enjoys sampling the local produce (food & beer) during family holidays, whether it would be Sharps Doombar in Cornwall or Adnams Broadside in Norfolk.
Rick Colman – Deputy Operations Manager
Rick has been with us since day one, transferring across from Castle Rock Brewery. There is nothing Rick doesn’t know about our huge range of products whether its cask ale or fine red wine – these being his favourites!! Hailing from North London, Rick is an avid Arsenal fan and joins in the office football banter every week. Loves a pint of Harvest Pale after a long, busy day ensuring all our orders are picked and loaded correctly for the following day.
Nigel Tinsley – Technical Services Manager
Nigel left Molson Coors after 16 years in September 2014 to set up our Technical Services department.
Outside of work he likes to attend the gym when time permits as being married to Loretta, father of two and a permanent foster carer – life can be an be pretty hectic in the Tinsley household! When relaxing his favourite beer is Doombar and he is also enjoying a lot of the great new craft beers from all over the world - however if he’s making a night of it, it usually ends witha few Jagers! The last and probably most (least) important aspect of his life is watching his beloved mighty (not so sadly these days) Leeds United!
Kevin Allison – Driver
Honest, reliable and polite - AKA Smiler!!
Always has a smile on his face, Kevin has a good sense of humour and a friendly approach. Married with lots of kids and at last count 17 grandchildren, Christmas is expensive for this one!!
His favourite drinks are Jagermeister and vodka with Red Bull.
John Carnelley – Driver
John is one of our long serving drivers who previously worked for Castle Wines.
He has three grown up children and at the last count six grandchildren.
John spends his spare time down at his caravan at the east coast with his wife where he loves walking his 3 dogs on the beach.
Favourite tipple is a pint of real ale, however, the odd glass of wine doesn’t go a miss either !
Tom Mcstay (Jock) – Driver
Matt Wilders – Driver
Known to his friends as the Wilderbeast! Matt describes himself as a part-time worker and a full-time badass. we are not sure if this is true but we do know he loves chocholate milk, Nottinghma forest and watching the F1
Jordan Williamson – Driver
Apparently Jordon "Pappi" Williamson's favorite drink is pineapple juice. If you have seen him on a night out, you may not belive this. he loves Boxing and football but he is not picky on what team he supports. When asked he said "whoever is winning"
Craig Percival – Driver
Craig "Percy" Favourite drink is Titanic Port, in his spare time he lokes to play golf and is an Arsenal supporter
Kevin Hall (Nobby) – Driver
Nobby has 3 dogs and loves caravaning, he joined the Royal Navy in 1997 ad Served 18 years!!
Peter Holodnak – Warehouse
You will normally find Peter in our yard operating the Forklift, his favorite drinks is bear and supports Chelsea
Lance Johnson – Warehouse
Michael Sladen - Warehouse
Mick supports Liverpool and loves to spend time with his family. his favorite drinks are Beavertown Neck Oil & Peroni
Tomas Durica – Warehouse
“Big Tom” or “Rylan” as he is fondly referred to joined us in 2012 and has slotted in well to the operations team at Libra. He likes to spend his spare time going to the Cinema and is regular at the Gym. His favourite tipples are Jack Daniels & has been known to drink the odd Jagerbomb!Paul Huckle - Warehouse
Alex Owen – Warehouse / Drivers Mate
Another Manchester United fan at Libra, Alex loves football, fishing and gaming. dispite popular oppinion he thinks he has better legs than Danny
Tyler Cumberland – Warehouse / Drivers Mate
Tyler is a Blue Lagoon and unfortunatly a Manchester City supporter that loves gaming and playing football. Tyler was also an under 17's Goal Keeper for Nottingham Forest.
Danny Langford – Drivers Mate
Dan loves Brandy, Supports Nottinghma Forest and likes to play footbal
Sam Sheriff – Drivers Mate